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What a totally awesome day!

First, just about every single person I'm friends with on Facebook sent me birthday greetings. That was pretty fun.

Dh, and the kids? Nothing.

Oh well. Because... Dh isn't too good about birthday things, or many other holidays, but he does the real things of life for me, the little things. He makes my tea, and he checks the tires on my bike and tunes it up. He keeps my 20 year old mailer running, and doesn't get upset when I'm reading and don't answer questions. So, birthdays and the like? Nothing in comparison!

AC was setting up her Pokéwalker -love those things!- before the hike, when she realised the date, and the kids all said Happy Birthday.

We headed up to Ashland Lakes. The weather was close to perfect: sunny and warm, but not hot, and the trail was only muddy in places (which since this is a Mountain Loop Highway hike, is a rarity!). I forgot the camera, damn it, so no photos.

The trail has seriously been improved since we last took it! I mean... seriously. Last time there were boardwalks over the really muddy swampy areas, this time they were there, and in good shape, and in more areas. There was also a boardwalk all around the lake. We went to upper Ashland Lake and decided to skip going to lower Ashland, but instead to stop at Beaver Plant Lake along the way. Because, hey, there are only so many miles in little Linnea's legs, so we pick and choose!

As I said... boardwalks (we're not talking Jersey shore here, but Forest Service, ok? A combination of rough hewed logs and 2*12s), and at one point a place to stop to sit and actually look at the lake.

We saw frogs, ducks, and the lake, with mountains and forest all around. So pretty.

Trail mix, of course, and dh whipped out... a candle and a box of matches for the trail mix! Heh. It was too windy for the flame to stay lit, but they sang Happy Birthday, and it was totally wonderful and special. Love that spouse of mine! :-)

Anne-Chloe, dh, and Linnea stayed put and Perry and I headed down the trail a bit. We'd decided against going to lower Ashland Lake because of reports from follow hikers that it was very buggy. Considering the number of mosquitoes at the upper lake, there was no way!

Anyhow, Perry and I had had to cross what I think was the lake inflow. Half log (half circle shape) "bridge", regular log, two rocks, and more log to get across. The half log bridge was about 2ft up over water that was maybe... 18 in deep. It was rather unstable, but still ok. Just... iffy. It felt secure when I first got on it, on one end, a lot less when I hopped off of it onto the regular log on the other.

We continued down the trail a but then we turned back, having come up on our 'we'll be back in 15/20 minutes' thing. Ummm... this time my crossing didn't quite go as smoothly. See that half circle bridge? Tipped. With me on it. All of a sudden it's at an... oh 30deg angle, and I'm doing the same moves I've seen many a gymnast do, desperately trying not to fall of a balance beam. I had no idea my core muscles were that good! I managed to stay on, and took an other step. Can we all guess what happened? The stupid log tipped again. In the other direction. And whee! Core muscles stabilise, arms flail etc, but again, I manage to stay on.

I stood there immobile for a few minutes, trying to figure out how to finish crossing. Finally carefully, very very carefully, I turned, and I side-walked the rest of the way, figuring that would be the best way to keep the damn thing from tipping. I made it across.

I swore. A lot.

After leaving Ashland Lake, we stopped at Beaver Plant Lake, which was so nice. Again, the trail is tremendously improved since last time we were up there. You used to be able to go all around the lake, if you didn't mind hiking in marshy mush, how there is a boardwalk around maybe 1/4 of it. We checked it out for a while, then hit the trail.

The hike back out was ok. Linnea did well most of the time, and but was pretty tired towards the end. Still she made it.

Perry and AC had their Pokéwalkers. AC's registered 13000 steps or so, Perry's just over 19000. Both really wish they could give them to Linnea to walk with. Anyhow, I have no idea whole long the hike was, since the trail maps aren't clear, and I've seen distances from 1.5 to 3 miles each way. Judging from the pedometers, I'm guessing about the 4.5 that I've seen a few places. Heh.

Anyhow, back home, to yet more wonderful Facebook messages, a phone message from one of my best friends, and a call from my sister in Afghanistan. Only sour-ish note was the US losing to Ghana. Sigh. I don't hold much hope for England tomorrow either, alas.

We went out for Chinese for dinner, and now I'm home, my tummy is full of yummy food, and Linnea got the best fortune ever: You are the center of every group's attention. Heh.

So there.
nwhiker: (Default)
What a totally awesome day!

First, just about every single person I'm friends with on Facebook sent me birthday greetings. That was pretty fun.

Dh, and the kids? Nothing.

Oh well. Because... Dh isn't too good about birthday things, or many other holidays, but he does the real things of life for me, the little things. He makes my tea, and he checks the tires on my bike and tunes it up. He keeps my 20 year old mailer running, and doesn't get upset when I'm reading and don't answer questions. So, birthdays and the like? Nothing in comparison!

AC was setting up her Pokéwalker -love those things!- before the hike, when she realised the date, and the kids all said Happy Birthday.

We headed up to Ashland Lakes. The weather was close to perfect: sunny and warm, but not hot, and the trail was only muddy in places (which since this is a Mountain Loop Highway hike, is a rarity!). I forgot the camera, damn it, so no photos.

The trail has seriously been improved since we last took it! I mean... seriously. Last time there were boardwalks over the really muddy swampy areas, this time they were there, and in good shape, and in more areas. There was also a boardwalk all around the lake. We went to upper Ashland Lake and decided to skip going to lower Ashland, but instead to stop at Beaver Plant Lake along the way. Because, hey, there are only so many miles in little Linnea's legs, so we pick and choose!

As I said... boardwalks (we're not talking Jersey shore here, but Forest Service, ok? A combination of rough hewed logs and 2*12s), and at one point a place to stop to sit and actually look at the lake.

We saw frogs, ducks, and the lake, with mountains and forest all around. So pretty.

Trail mix, of course, and dh whipped out... a candle and a box of matches for the trail mix! Heh. It was too windy for the flame to stay lit, but they sang Happy Birthday, and it was totally wonderful and special. Love that spouse of mine! :-)

Anne-Chloe, dh, and Linnea stayed put and Perry and I headed down the trail a bit. We'd decided against going to lower Ashland Lake because of reports from follow hikers that it was very buggy. Considering the number of mosquitoes at the upper lake, there was no way!

Anyhow, Perry and I had had to cross what I think was the lake inflow. Half log (half circle shape) "bridge", regular log, two rocks, and more log to get across. The half log bridge was about 2ft up over water that was maybe... 18 in deep. It was rather unstable, but still ok. Just... iffy. It felt secure when I first got on it, on one end, a lot less when I hopped off of it onto the regular log on the other.

We continued down the trail a but then we turned back, having come up on our 'we'll be back in 15/20 minutes' thing. Ummm... this time my crossing didn't quite go as smoothly. See that half circle bridge? Tipped. With me on it. All of a sudden it's at an... oh 30deg angle, and I'm doing the same moves I've seen many a gymnast do, desperately trying not to fall of a balance beam. I had no idea my core muscles were that good! I managed to stay on, and took an other step. Can we all guess what happened? The stupid log tipped again. In the other direction. And whee! Core muscles stabilise, arms flail etc, but again, I manage to stay on.

I stood there immobile for a few minutes, trying to figure out how to finish crossing. Finally carefully, very very carefully, I turned, and I side-walked the rest of the way, figuring that would be the best way to keep the damn thing from tipping. I made it across.

I swore. A lot.

After leaving Ashland Lake, we stopped at Beaver Plant Lake, which was so nice. Again, the trail is tremendously improved since last time we were up there. You used to be able to go all around the lake, if you didn't mind hiking in marshy mush, how there is a boardwalk around maybe 1/4 of it. We checked it out for a while, then hit the trail.

The hike back out was ok. Linnea did well most of the time, and but was pretty tired towards the end. Still she made it.

Perry and AC had their Pokéwalkers. AC's registered 13000 steps or so, Perry's just over 19000. Both really wish they could give them to Linnea to walk with. Anyhow, I have no idea whole long the hike was, since the trail maps aren't clear, and I've seen distances from 1.5 to 3 miles each way. Judging from the pedometers, I'm guessing about the 4.5 that I've seen a few places. Heh.

Anyhow, back home, to yet more wonderful Facebook messages, a phone message from one of my best friends, and a call from my sister in Afghanistan. Only sour-ish note was the US losing to Ghana. Sigh. I don't hold much hope for England tomorrow either, alas.

We went out for Chinese for dinner, and now I'm home, my tummy is full of yummy food, and Linnea got the best fortune ever: You are the center of every group's attention. Heh.

So there.

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